What is acupuncture?
Traditional acupuncture is an ancient form of medicine used for thousands of years to promote and support good health.
Acupuncturists use very fine, single-use needles inserted into the body to achieve a specific effect, based on a comprehensive assessment.
As integrative healthcare practitioners, acupuncturists look for the root cause of health problems as well as treating the symptoms. Evaluating how lifestyle, emotions, stress and diet contribute to ill health forms part of the treatment approach.
Acupuncture treatment may include:
Moxibustion, the use of herbs to gently heat the needles.
Electroacupuncture, which enhances the effects of the needles.
Cupping therapy, the use of suction to improve circulation to an area.
Tuina, a type of soft tissue mobilisation.
Gua-Sha, the use of a tool to improve circulation to soft tissues.
How does it work?
The Traditional Chinese medical perspective is that ill health, pain and injury are caused by imbalances in the energetics of the body; acupuncture aims to restore the body's equilibrium to promote health and wellbeing.
The Western medical perspective is that acupuncture stimulates nerves under the skin, resulting in the release of naturally occurring substances, such as endorphins, which account for the therapeutic effects.
Both approaches work by using acupuncture points located throughout the body. The correct selection of acupuncture points and point combinations are fundamental to acupuncture treatment.
Trained in both Eastern and Western acupuncture techniques I integrate both approaches to give a comprehensive approach to healthcare, tailored specifically for you.
What happens during the initial consultation?
A detailed case history and past medical history will be taken.
Observation of the tongue and taking the pulse on both wrists forms part of the traditional acupuncture diagnosis.
Palpation of acupuncture channels on the body completes the comprehensive assessment of your needs.
The diagnosis and treatment plan will be discussed fully with you and If you are happy to proceed
treatment will commence.
How long does treatment last?
The initial consultation and treatment take between 60 - 90 minutes.
Follow up consultations last approximately 45 - 60 minutes.
How often do you need to come?
This depends on what you are being treated for, but an initial course of treatment is usually 6 treatments on a weekly basis. It may be that more treatment sessions are needed, however these may be less frequent. Some people decide to continue for an extended period as they find acupuncture helps maintain a feeling of general well-being.
This will be discussed with you at your initial consultation and tailored to your individual requirements. Your progress will be monitored and discussed with you at each session and treatment recommendations and options will be reviewed accordingly.
What does acupuncture treat?
Traditional acupuncture is used for a wide range of conditions. A few of the more common conditions are listed on the home page, however, acupuncture can be used for almost any health condition. If your health issue is not mentioned please contact me to see if I can help. You can also click here to go to the British Acupuncture Council website where an A-Z of conditions acupuncture is used to treat can found.
If would like to make an appointment or discuss how acupuncture could help you, please don't hesitate to get in touch.